November 29, 2008

Michael to offer new single free on Xmas

British pop star George Michael's spokeswoman says fans of his music will be able to legally download his new single online for free on Christmas Day.

The Daily Mail said Friday that Michael, who is responsible for more than 100 million record sales worldwide, is offering December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas) free on his Web site and other online outlets on Dec. 25.

Michael's spokeswoman said the holiday single marks the first Christmas song from Michael since 1984's Last Christmas, which he created when part of the '80s duo Wham!

The unidentified spokeswoman said the new single was recorded and written by Michael and David Austin.

The Mail said Michael, 45, recently hinted at retirement during the second of two shows at Earls Court in London.

It's been an amazing ride but there seemed to be too many moments when the compromises seemed too huge, the Faith singer told those in attendance at the show.